Once again the Lions are undefeated well into the season and full of early D-1 commitments. Their stud DL Cassius Marsh recently gave LSU his word that he'll be a Tiger. He joins his teammates who have verbals to UCLA, Washington, and BYU to name a few.
They took the show up to Washington and beat a nationally ranked team led by "All-Everything" signal caller, Jake Heaps. Jake is a superior talent but I'm still not sure why his Skyline HS was ranked so high. I know they won their state title last year. However, last I checked, the state of Washington isn't exactly a recruiting hotbed and Jake has only one other teammate with a major D-1 offer.
Not that D-1 commitments are the only indicators of a good high school squad. Oaks Christian has Crenshaw beat in that department. The Cougars have three seniors with a D-1 offer and none committed as of yet. I do believe there would be many more if Crenshaw's head coach, Robert Garrett, was as receptive and respectful to college scouts and recruiters as Redell. But that's another story.
Let's focus on the Lion's schedule. Oaks Christian has wins over 1-6 Pasadena Muir and 1-6 Long Beach Jordan. They also beat 4-3 Mission Hills Alemany and a not so talented 6-1 Venice squad. I watched future Bruin, Malcolm Jones, run all over that undersized team at Venice HS like they were a JV squad.
The Tri-Valley League that the Lions play in doesn't help their cause either. I heard the small public schools that make up the TVL danced in the streets after hearing the news of Oaks moving to the Marmonte League.
I saw Crenshaw beat a top ranked Lakewood team who finally beat LB Poly this season. I saw the 2nd half of their victory over Norco, who leads the Big VIII League. They also beat Fontana Miller, which leads the Citrus Belt League. They also dominated Culver City, whose on top of the Ocean League.
The Lions have a few stud underclassmen such as junior QB Trevor Gretzky, who some like myself believe is a better college prospect than the senior Nick Montana. They also have the sophomore WR Jordan Payton who Redell calls "Man-child". Jordan already has a offer from the University of Washington.
The Shaw does too and they're no secret. DeAnthony Thomas is one of 25 juniors in the country with an early offer to play in the UA All-American Bowl after his senior season. Cougar senior captain Hayes Pullard told me he owes the team's success to the play of junior Cougar QB Marquis Thompson. If you ask me, he's been playing just as well as Montana. Thompson's favorite target has been his 2011 classmate and game breaker, Geno Hall.
Nothin' personal Oaks Christian fans. I'm just sayin...
Ron Allen is a former UCLA defensive back and the co-founder of B2GSports.com. His company has been "Developing All-Americans since '00" and serves as an independent scout for several BCS teams in the Pac-10 and Big Ten.